Commercial, Energy Efficiency, GHG Emissions, Sourcing Renewables - March 9, 2023
Delta Airlines Announces Net-Zero Strategy
Delta outlined the airlines’ strategy for achieving net zero emissions and more sustainable travel by 2050, including scaling the sustainable fuel market, innovating on the fleet, and encouraging net-zero supply chains.
The airline announced it is in the process of building demand, attracting investment, and encouraging incentives to scale the market so all airlines can access more sustainable fuels. The company has secured 200 million gallons of Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) offtakes with approximately 50 corporate customers signed on to their sustainable fuel agreements.
“Delta people are known for doing difficult things well,” Chief Sustainability Officer Pam Fletcher said in an email to all employees on Feb. 28, according to a statement. “As we reshape the fundamentals of aviation, we are as dedicated to making immediate progress as we are to investing wisely in disruptive solutions.”
Delta has committed to 10% of SAF usage by the end of 2030, 35% by 2035, and over 95% by 2050.
The airline's sustainability strategy also features near-term goals, including minimizing Delta’s impact from single-use plastic, transitioning to electric ground service equipment, and encouraging its supply chain vendors to advance their own sustainability plans.
Delta ground equipment electrification is well underway, including nearly 100% electrification at Boston Logan International Airport (BOS) and Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC). Meanwhile, Delta is incorporating LEED standards in its facility transformations and offering more sustainable supplies for its offices and cafeterias.